DEPENDING on how you look at it, Mother Nature has either given the cricketers of the district an early Christmas present of an extra week holiday, or taken away a valuable opportunity to gain some extra points towards the One-Day ladder, with all games washed out again on Saturday.
Matches will resume in the senior grades on January 11, leaving just three rounds for all involved to try and secure a spot in the One-Day grand final for those in A, B and C grades, while it will be business as usual in the D grade competition.
In A grade, the washout has almost guaranteed reigning One-Day champion Macarthur a chance to retain its title, as the Demons hold just under an 18 point buffer and would realistically have to lose all three games to drop out of the top two.
The rain also hammered the last nail in the coffin for Southern Grampians and St Mary’s, who can no longer reach the final, leaving College, Grampians, Hamilton, Byaduk and St Andrew’s to scramble for a chance to bring home the Ron Spark Memorial Shield.
Any vague hopes that Southern Grampians, Coleraine and St Mary’s had on sneaking into the B grade final were also crushed by the rain, but it is anyone’s guess which pairing will meet in the final, with Tahara holding a narrow lead over both St Andrew’s and Grampians.
Full story in The Spectator on Tuesday, December 24, 2013.